Thursday, February 19, 2015

Antique Rocking Chair Makeover

A friend of mine, from church is having a baby and her shower is this weekend. I thought it would be nice to refurbish a rocking chair and give it to her. I had this antique rocking chair when my daughter was born and I never got around to refinishing it. It was chocolate-brown with an old striped cushion.

And it squeaked when you rocked in it... a great way to rock a sleepy baby to sleep, right? So I removed the cushion which was just held in place by decorative nails and sanded it slightly with some sand paper so the new paint would stick. I also added some wood glue and a few nails with my nail gun to tighten up the loose spindles.

I used this Krylon spray paint from Hobby Lobby in Classic Gray. It covered really nicely. I did two coats, flipping the chair upside down to get the bottom and all the spindles.

Next, I made a new covering for the cushion. I think at one time, this chair had a caned cushion, but over the years it was replaced with a fabric cushion. I had this left over fabric from a project I did a couple of years ago.

I used sewing pins to hold my seams together with the fabric inside out, then did a few quick stitches with my sewing machine for the round cushion.

The seams aren't perfect, but heck, that's part of the joy of hand-made gifts right? They don't have to look perfect.

Using my Tact Hammer and some Decorative Nails (both I got at Joann Fabrics), I secured the cushion back on the chair.

I tried to put the new nails in the old nail holes. It seemed to work pretty well and I didn't bend very many.

I hope she enjoys her new rocking chair! I have so many memories rocking my little one in the middle of the night in this chair. I hope it will be a part of more sweet memories in the near future.


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